If Chris Christie didn’t meet Jerry Jones Until 2013, Why Was Jones Calling Christie In 2009?

If you believe the Governor as of the other day, he didn’t meet Jerry Jones until 2013, after he had already personally pushed for Jones’s company to get a contract with the Port Authority:

“Jerry Jones and I first met in September of 2013,” Christie said on his monthly radio call-in show on New Jersey 101.5. He added that by his recollection, he only first spoke to Jones on the phone in the summer of 2013.

The governor said the men connected only after a mutual friend called him to say that Jones understood Christie was a fan of the Cowboys, and wanted his cell phone number. Christie gave his friend the number, and shortly after Jones called.

“We were at the beach house one weekend, and I got a call from Jerry Jones,” Christie said.

But if you believe what the Governor was saying before he got caught with his hand in the Jerry Jones cookie jar (or luxury box), they first started talking years earlier way back in 2009:

“The great thing was, right after, so that got out and it got national press that I was a Cowboys fan running for Governor of New Jersey and the next day, I got a call from Jerry Jones,” Christie explained, who has sat in Jones’ box during Cowboys games.

And guess what, there video so we have it in his own words:

And that would also seem to back up what he said with Steve Adubato this past December:

However, in an interview with Steve Adubato on PBS in late December, Christie was far less specific, telling his interviewer, “I’ve become friends with Jerry over the last five years.”

Adubato, looking a bit surprised, took note that the two men were apparently on a first-name basis, interjecting, “‘Jerry’?” To which Christie said, ” “Yeah. Jerry.’ He allows me to call him ‘Jerry’. I don’t call him, ‘Mr. Jones.’ I call him ‘Jerry.’ And I’ve become friends with Jerry over the last five years.”

So if “Jerry” didn’t meet Chris until 2013, why have they been friends for 5 years with Christie saying he got his first call way back in 2009?

Comments (4)

  1. JKWilson

    Watching Christie in these 2 videos confirms what we’ve known for years – you can’t believe anything he says, no matter how good it sounds and how forcefully he sells it. It’s interesting (and creepy) to watch him tell 2 completely different stories about his first phone call from Jerry Jones. He tells both stories with the exact same confidence, assertiveness and superficial “charm.” To someone unfamiliar with his deceitful ways, it probably sounds like he’s telling the truth both times. And yet one or both of them is an outright lie. So we’ve been right all along: The truth is irrelevant to Chris Christie, and his lies are effortless. Which makes him very dangerous.

  2. Jersey Jazzman

    Yes, in the scheme of things, this might seem like a small matter (although the connection to Jones’s Port Authority contract makes it worthy of further investigation). But it is also part of a pattern:

    – Chris Christie, in the 2009 campaign, told teachers and cops: “I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor.” We all know what happened next.

    – When confronted on breaking this explicit promise in 2012, Christie said: “When I wrote that letter, I had no idea the pension system was about to go bankrupt.” But everyone had been talking about New Jersey’s pension time bomb for years before he wrote that letter, meaning he was either brazenly lying or frighteningly clueless (or, perhaps, both).

    – When the expansion of charter schools appeared to be tied to political favors back in 2011, Christie said he didn’t know one of the most controversial beneficiaries of that expansion, Amir Khan. Yet Khan sat directly behind Christie during at least two “town halls,” and reports put Khan backstage with Christie before one event.

    – Back in 2011, Christie claimed that New Jersey was the highest-taxed state, and that wealthy people were leaving New Jersey because of high taxes. Neither claim was true.

    – In 2010, Christie told schools districts across the state they would have their aid cut by 15%; he then proceeded to cut it all, and blamed the about face on his then education commissioner, Brett Schundler.

    – Speaking of Schundler: Christie blamed him for the botched Race To The Top application in 2010. But Schundler testified that Christie himself insisted on the changes that scuttled the application.

    middle girl at DailyKos has a nice roundup of some of Christie’s whoppers, including misstating the costs of the ARC tunnel, blaming the feds for screw-ups on Sandy aid, downplaying his relationship with David Wildstein, and, of course, Bridgegate.

    – Christie’s blatant disregard for the facts related to Bridgegate include making up a claim about the number of lanes available only to Fort Lee.

    – Christie makes claims that he has slowed the growth of taxes, but he doesn’t account for slashing property tax rebates. His response to being caught in this weasel wording? Hiding the data.

    – Christie said he was the first governor to endorse Mitt Romney. He wasn’t. (Personally, if Romney does run, I’m looking forward to seeing how Christie lies his way out of telling this lie.)

    – Christie publicly misstated the medical condition of Kaci Hickox and threw the region into an unnecessary panic over Ebola.

    – In 2011, Christie said that if teachers had taken a pay freeze, there would have been no teacher layoff because the money saved would have made up for his cuts in state aid. The Office of Legislative Services later proved this was not true, and even the teachers union-bashing Star-Ledger Editorial Board chastised the governor for promoting this falsehood.

    If Christie had only lied about his relationship with Jerry Jones, that would be bad enough. But this latest mistruth is just one more example of Chris Christie’s long established pattern of deception, misstatements, and straight up lying.

  3. Stempy

    Mr. Christie’s public history of lying goes back to at least 1994.  In his first campaign for public office, in Morris County, he claimed in a political ad that his opponents were being investigated by the Morris County Prosecutor.  It was a lie.  Christie was forced to make a retraction, but the lie helped him win the election.

    If a lie serves to benefit Mr. Christie, he will use it without a second thought to the destruction of the reputations and livelihood of his victims.  This keystone of effortless and habitual lying is a marker for sociopaths.  

    Such a person does not belong in public office.


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